Subject: Memory | January 10, 2009 - 12:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
Corsair was showing off a handful of new products in their suite during CES this week including some new DDR3 memory modules and a Pelletier memory cooler for the stupid-extreme overclocker. The new DDR3 memory kit will sell as a triple-channel package for Core i7 systems and will be rated at 2000 MHz and a 7ns CAS latency. You can expect them to be expensive and you expect them to be pretty rare – so rare in fact that Corsair will be selling these kits directly to the end user rather than through the Newegg's and MicroCenter's of the world. There will be a slightly slower ki
Subject: Memory | December 19, 2008 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
OCZ sent over word that they have launched a new series of DDR3 memory modules called "Blade" that will offer DDR3 memory speeds of 2000 MHz with timings of CL 7-8-7. The kit will come with three modules for triple channel goodness and top performance with Intel's Core i7 processors.
Subject: Memory | December 16, 2008 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechSpot is looking to define the relationship between memory and the Core i7 processor with four simple tests. The first and second offer a baseline, with their triple channel kit running default timings at 800, 1066, 1333 and 1600MHz; followed by the same test with all latencies set to the same values. The next two involve tightening the timings and a variety of channel set ups. Read through this rather long article for a serious amount of hard performance data.
Subject: Memory | December 9, 2008 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
G.Skill is really pushing it's new PC3-12800 CL9 6GB kit, you can get it on Newegg for just over $200. Straight out of the box you will be running 1600MHz @ CAS9-9-9-24, or run it at 1333 and tighten the timings to 8 or tighter if you reduce the speed even more. Check out this triple channel kit at Legion Hardware.
Subject: Memory | December 1, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DDR3 has had two big effects on the PC market; the first is famliar, higher timings compared to the latest generation of DDR2. The second has only become apparent with the advent of the Core i7 and X58 chipset, triple channel memory. Guru3D takes the OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Triple Channel kit for a spin, at one point hitting 1800 MHz. If you are setting up a new Core i7 system,
Subject: Memory | November 25, 2008 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you still aren't convinced that triple channel DDR3 is the solution to all your problems, this TweakTown review might not make up your mind completely, but it should help. In their synthetic testing, adding that third channel had the same results as a dual channel setup going from 1066MHz to 1600MHz. On the other hand, when they tested Crysis, the difference in performance is hard to spot on a graph and is most likely unnoticeable while playing.
Subject: Memory | November 19, 2008 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for triple channel memory, consider Corsair's Dominator Tri-Channel DDR3-1600 6Gb kit, with timings of 8-8-8-24. They sport the now familiar DHX (dual-path heat eXchange) cooling system and as they run at 1.65V so heat will not be much of an issue with these DIMMs. CPU3D managed a fairly good overclock and recommend turning on XMP in your BIOS as it really changed the amount of throughput for these DIMMs. They didn't leave the c
Subject: Memory | November 17, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has run a long series of tests on their 1600MHz Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D series, comparing the performance between 3GB and 6GB on the new triple channel X58 based ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard, an Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, a pair of 1GB Nvidia GeForce 280 GTX in SLI and 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB in RAID 0. (So, you know, a system just like everyone has)
Subject: Memory | October 30, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
4Gb of DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12 faces off against 4Gb clocked to DDR2-1,066MHz @ 5-5-5-15 at bit-tech. Many of us still haven't made the plunge into DDR3, especially with Nehalem looming in the near future and it's triple channel capabilities. If you are looking for extra speed in your DDR2 system, it's worth revisiting the differences you get in changing timing and overall speed.
Subject: Memory | October 23, 2008 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crucial's new Ballistix Tracer DIMMS are DDR3-1333 with a CAS Latency of 6 and timings of 6-6-6-20. It runs at 1.8v, not low enough for a Corei7 system, but lower than many DDR3 kits available. You won't even need to pump the voltage up too high when overclocking, Think Computers hit DDR3-1818 8-8-8-24 and they only had to raise the DIMMs to 1.84v. You c